In honor of his day next Monday, let me remind you: MLK, Jr. was a Republican!

You might remember a story from Maryland last year, about Martin Luther King, Jr., a.k.a. one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century and a known champion of social equality, being claimed by the GOP as a Republican in an advertisment. Yes, it's absurd:

That is why the ad was "a joke," said Christopher Arps, a former spokesman for Rice and the association [that ran the ad that claimed MLK as a Republican]. "Anyone with any sense knows that most black people were Republican at one time. But it's a far stretch to think that in the '60s Martin Luther King was a Republican."

Well, the Mecklenburg County GOP is repeating this absurdity:

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: Slavery, Secession, Segregation and now Socialism.

Yes, the Meck GOP is quoting Frances Rice, who ran the original ad. Yes, the piece goes on to mention Robert Byrd's Klan ties and LBJ's use of that worst of words. It's worth reading just to see how low local GOPs can sink. Seriously, it sounds like something Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks would write.

Today, Democrats, in pursuit of their socialist agenda, are fighting to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Examples of how egregiously Democrats act to keep blacks in poverty are numerous.

After wrongly convincing black Americans that a minimum wage increase was a good thing, the Democrats on August 3rd kept their promise and killed the minimum wage bill passed by House Republicans on July 29th. The blockage of the minimum wage bill was the second time in as many years that Democrats stuck a legislative finger in the eye of black Americans. Senate Democrats on April 1, 2004 blocked passage of a bill to renew the 1996 welfare reform law that was pushed by Republicans and vetoed twice by President Bill Clinton before he finally signed it. Since the welfare reform law expired in September 2002, Congress had passed six extensions, and the latest expired on June 30, 2004. Opposed by the Democrats are school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools and Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the current system because of a shorter life expectancy than whites (72.2 years for blacks vs. 77.5 years for whites).

Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30-40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. Over $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.

Now, as someone who's worked with many non-profit groups and researched the non-profit sector, I will say that the War on Poverty hasn't been a success. Many candidates who talk about ending poverty don't have a great grasp of what they're talking about and have only read the Sachs/Bono side of a larger debate about poverty and aid (if John Edwards sat down and read William Easterly's latest book, it would blow his mind ... even if I don't completely agree with Easterly).

But I digress. This piece is complete and utter garbage (not that you need me to tell you). Dont forget:

In order to break the Democrats' stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party's economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats. We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.

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Unbelievable

Thanks for writing this. I'll go read the link, but what you've written already has me feeling a bit sick to my stomach.



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I read the first five paragraphs

Who the heck is Frances Rice? She's one sick person.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Read the WaPo link

Wow. That answers my question about Rice. She's a nut job.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Not Surprising to Me

The Meck GOP is increasingly seen as laughably irrelevant and extremist by the majority of Meck residents who are much more moderate, evidenced by their continual failure to regain Republican control of County Commission. Their latest idiocy about MLK JR fits the pattern.

If the party is that out of touch

with the local Republicans do you think conservative Dems will start turning away too?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I ask again

. . . and again . . . what the hell is wrong with Charlotte?

This blows my mind.

It isn't Charlotte

It's just a small faction of Republicans. Most Republicans I know wouldn't stand for this. Think of the NCGOP asking for church directories.....

Trust me, it isn't Charlotte.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Refer to Newt Gingrich's Winning America address

"The greatest leaders in fighting for an integrated America in the 20th century were in the Democratic Party. The fact is, it was the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that ended segregation." -Newt Gingrich in his "inaugural" address, 1/4/95

Note, Im not the author of this post, Im Sam Spence, he is Sam Spencer. Funny coincidence though

I did a double take the first time you posted

Glad you are here and will try to keep from confusing the two of you.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Why his partisanship even being considered?

As someone who is about as partisan a Democrat as they come, I'm much more disgusted at the idea of trying to lop on today's party labels on a historical figure as a point of modern reference than merely hearing someone claim that MLK was a Republican. What matters not is a little R or D on the man's voter registration, but the huge accomplishments he made for millions of Americans and our democracy as a whole.

Then again, I shrug and sigh equally at our own celebrating of Jefferson-Jackson every year. Sure, they were great men who took the same label as I do, but are the values they held really any more relevant than any other figures of the early 1800s, or is alliteration just a proven technique for drawing crowds? :)

MLK A Republican?

This historical nonsense is quite frustrating. MLK specifically rejected party labels because he wanted to be sure to work with both Democrats and Republicans. MLK's father though WAS a Republican but Republicans forget a few facts:

1. MLK's dad (along with all Black Republicans in Georgia) were drummed out of the party in 1964 when White racists took over the Party and told MLK's dad and others that they were no longer welcome.

2. MLK's dad specifically endorsed JFK in 1960 because JFK called Coretta Scott King in 1960.

3. 96% of blacks voted Democrat in 1964 and haven't let go because the Republicans took up the cause of Southern segregationists and racist. Republicans never let that mantle go so why should we start voting for them?

4. MLK specifically endorsed LBJ and the Democrats in 1964 lamenting that the Republicans had given up being the Party of Lincoln after Goldwater (along with Ronny Reagan and George Bush Sr.) ran a crypto-racist campaign against the Civil Rights laws.

I'm tired of being told I aimlessly vote for the Democrats just because I'm black. I vote Democrat because the Republicans gave aid and comfort to racists 40 years ago and haven't done much to relinquish that mantle.

EXACTLY.

My "exactly" is in response to this:

As someone who is about as partisan a Democrat as they come, I'm much more disgusted at the idea of trying to lop on today's party labels on a historical figure as a point of modern reference than merely hearing someone claim that MLK was a Republican. What matters not is a little R or D on the man's voter registration, but the huge accomplishments he made for millions of Americans and our democracy as a whole.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Revisionist History

Rewrite the past; steal the future.

So What

if it turns out that MLK was a registered Republican. That was then and this is now. Jesse and Strom were registered Democrats at one time. We know where MLK's heart was and we certainly know where those other dudes' hearts were....if they had hearts.

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